The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers get their weekend series underway Friday night. The Rangers had the day off yesterday, while the Twins took a 5-3 loss to the Indians. September was supposed to be a big month for the Twins, but they’ve regressed since losing to the Yankees as a wildcard last season in the postseason. It appeared at the time that it was going to be something to build on in 2018.
They also went out and added Lance Lynn, which at the moment, looked like a fine addition for the Twins. The injury to Ervin Santana early on this season really threw a wrench into things, though. Everything seemed to crumble with the news of Santana out for an extended period of time. The Indians have lapped everyone in the AL Central, while the Twins failed to gain any traction.
The Twins enter Friday with a record of 62-71. That’s a disappointing number for the Twins to look at. They had so much hope and promise going into this season, but they have nothing to show for it in September. The Rangers welcome the Twins with a record of 58-76.
They are dead last in the AL West and 24 games behind the 1st place Astros. It’s been a dead era for the Rangers who are looking at the future to find some solace. The Twins and Rangers are emptying out their minor league system seeking another arm or two to add to the rotation in 2018. Hutchison is no experimental pitcher, though. This is essentially an extension of training camp for some pitchers across the majors, but Hutchison has been around long enough. Stephen Gonsalves will get the start for the Twins, while the Rangers are going to veteran Drew Hutchison. Head below for our free Twins vs. Rangers pick.
Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers Pick
Stephen Gonsalves (0-2, 11.37 ERA) vs. Drew Hutchison (2-2, 6.52 ERA)
Drew Hutchison is best known for his time with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was supposed to blossom into a reliable member of their rotation, but things never really materialized. He was fine as a back of the rotation pitcher but not much else. After a 5.57 ERA and 4.97 ERA to start 2016, he signed with the Pirates in an attempt to get his career going in the right direction.
A new destination didn’t help out, as Hutchison didn’t see an uptick in successful outings. The Rangers acquired him for pretty much nothing from the Phillies. The Phillies used him in the bullpen, but he only saw eleven appearances. He had a 4.64 ERA with the Phillies when he made the move.
The Rangers have used him as a starter to plug some holes in their banged up rotation. Hutchison isn’t in Texas to necessarily help much. He’s more of a body who is only here to fill in rather than do much. Nevertheless, the Rangers want to see more than an 8.83 ERA and 2.02 WHIP out of him. In four starts with the Rangers, that’s what Hutchison has managed to do in Arlington. His ERA at home is 9.00 with a 1.88 WHIP and .395 OBA. The Twins are hitting .364 against Hutchison in 33 at-bats.
If Hutchison has anything to feel confident about going into this game, his opponent this evening, Stephen Gonsalves, enters tonight with an ERA of 11.37. In two starts, the rookie has gotten hammered for 8 runs in 6.1 innings of work. He’s also given up 13 hits with a 3.00 WHIP and .556 OBA since joining the Twins. This is a high total of 11, but I think it’s justified in this matchup. The final score should be enough to go OVER the total in Arlington tonight.